Ever wanted to climb to the top of a mountain? It’s an exhilarating accomplishment. But there are metaphorical mountains to climb, too, and goal setting can help you get there. Setting and working towards goals can help you figure out what you really want in life, get motivated, and stay focused. Keep reading to see why goal setting may be just the thing you need to add a feeling of exhilaration to your life!
Figure Out What You Really Want in Life
“The act of setting goals forces you to contemplate what you truly want out of life,” says Brian Tracy, a personal success expert. “What is the level of success you want to achieve? What is the income level you want to have? What does your life of ease look like? What about your dream home? What do you need income-wise to achieve your dreams?”
Success means something different to everyone. It’s important to figure out what it means for you. Then you can make smaller goals that will lead you towards your version of success.
Maybe your ideal life means finding a job that is fulfilling, working until you’re 60, and then retiring to the beach. In that case, you could start by setting smaller goals, like getting a certificate in a skill that will help you be a more valuable asset to your company. And learning to surf so you’re ready for your retirement could be a great smaller goal, too!
When you think about things you want to accomplish but just haven’t been able to, what’s the reason for that? For many of us, energy and motivation simply run out.
But according to the experts, goal setting helps “mobilize energy which leads to a higher effort overall. Higher effort leads to an increase in persistent effort.”
So let’s say you’d really like to learn to play the guitar someday. Turn that desire into a goal! When you just want something, it may or may not happen. But if you make it a goal, you add energy and motivation to the task: energy to find a guitar and motivation to practice consistently, for example. Make it a goal, and you empower yourself with the tools you need to make it happen!
Raise your hand if you’re easily distracted. We are! In the age of the smartphone, our attention spans are getting shorter. So how can we focus on the things that matter most?
You guessed it: goal setting.
“By setting goals you give yourself mental boundaries,” says Osman Hameed at Code of Living. “When you have a certain endpoint in mind you automatically stay away from certain distractions and stay focused towards the goal.”
You may be thinking, “Really? But I am always distracted!” It may come down to setting goals that are really important to you.
For example, if you have a goal to read 24 books by the end of the year, you may get distracted by other hobbies and not reach that goal. But let’s say you have a sister who is an exchange student in Italy, and she’s returning home next summer. You might set a goal to learn Italian so you can have a conversation with her when she gets home—and since that goal and deadline are really important to you, you focus and get it done!
It’s not that reading isn’t a worthy goal; it’s just that setting a goal that’s really important and has a deadline helps you stay focused.
Whether you want to climb to the top of a literal mountain or your mountain is more metaphorical, setting goals can help you get there. By setting goals, you can figure out what you really want in life, get motivated, and stay focused. At Cantabria Apartment Homes, we are excited for you to accomplish your dreams!